26-28 February 2018
Location TBC

Day One
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Day Two
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Registration & Networking

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Enhancing Productivity Through the Microbiome: Applications to Feed the World

Designing Biotechnological Strategies to Alleviate Stress Factors on Crop Productivity


  • The role of signalling in plant perception of environmental stress
  • How do we better understand the plant-microbe interactions under stress conditions?
  • Evaluating the application of available ‘omic’ and sequencing approaches, to sophisticate interaction understanding

Application of Methylobacteria in the Agro-Ecosystem


  • What direct and indirect interactions should be considered when addressing the relationship between methylotrophs and host plants
  • Efficient and cost-effective cultivation of methylobacterium species
  • Looking at the role of methylotrophs as products for viable agriculture practices

New Microbial Products for BioControl


  • Exploring a new pipeline with leads against multiple biocontrol targets
  • Highlighting innovation in efficacy, field performance and cost to make biocontrol products more readily available
  • How to further induce growth within a burgeoning biocontrol market

Bio-YIELD®: Delivering the Freshest Microbes to the Field


  • Beyond the research lab, industry needs more consistent field performance using beneficial microbes
  • Novel delivery approach activates microbes at the point of use, short-cutting supply chain mortality issues
  • Opens the door for many beneficial microbes proven in research but never successfully commercialized to make it to the field

Morning Refreshments & Networking

Development of Novel Biopesticides and Traits from the Soil and Crop Microbiome


  • Efficacy and formulations are key to market acceptance of biopesticides; microbiome research allows access to efficacious microbes that we otherwise might never discover

Exploiting Endophytes for Agricultural Systems

Bio-Boom: Integration of Fungal Endophytes for Improved Crop Production


  • Discussing the discovery of fungal endophyte in wild plants
  • Testing the role of unknown endophytes in improving crop productivity
  • Looking at examples of fungal endophytes that have improved tomato production and flavour

Mitigating Climate Change with Fungal Endophytes: Drought, Temperature and Salinity Management Methods


  • Why microbial inoculation will optimize current genetic engineering/plant breeding methods
  • Evaluating cost effective methodology for generating abiotic stress tolerant crops
  • Adapting knowledge to a changing environment

Lunch & Networking

Disentangling Signaling Complexities in the Plant Microbiome

How Plant Signaling Molecules can Enhance Microbial Products Performance


  • Peptides, through signaling plants physiological pathways and trigging plant innate
    system, support plants defense against biotic and abiotic stress and provide resistance
    management to microbials
  • Peptides provide additive and synergistic performance for the microbial products as they
    enable plants to better utilize nutrients and other chemistry produced by the microbes
  • Peptides enhancement of plant’s yield through benign mode of action strongly supports
    sustainable agriculture

Cross-Learning From the Human & Animal Microbiomes

Better Understanding of Microbiome Changes in relation to Diet and Implications for Feed Conversion Efficiency and Livestock Health


  • We can control the weight of a mouse by manipulating its microbes, including using microbes from other species such as human.
  • Diet habits are known to have a significant impact in many species on the resilience of such microbiomes
  • Lots can be learn from human and mouse microbial models toward potential improvement of feed conversion efficiency and disease resistance
  • We will discuss how in the future we could potential prevent diseases in humans by plant based minimally processed diet and possible implications of this for livestock health.

Animal Microbiome: Small Scale Science, Large Scale Benefits

  • Matt Koci Associate Professor, NC State University


  • Exploring how animal health and nutrition are intrinsically linked with microbial diversity
  • How to manipulate the microbiome to enhance disease resistance
  • A working model and mechanism of probiotics that stimulate a systemic immune system

Chair’s Closing Remarks

Close of Microbiome AgBioTech Summit